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Herbs play a large part in the Italian diet, with Basil Genovese for example, being crushed in a mortar and pestle with pine nuts, pecorino and Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt and then mixed with good olive oil to make pesto a Genovese would dream about. But the Romans wouldn't eat basil. They thought it would make you mad and fed it to their horses, but they did use it to treat ear infections.

Herbs were so important to the Roman Legionaires, that varieties such as dill and chives were issued to every garrisson. Wild chives can still be found growing along Britain's Hadrians wall to this day.

On this page you'll find the 'classics', the really indispensable stuff.
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Althea - Marshmallow
Origin: This is a perennial plant belonging to the Malcavee family with intense green leaves, and long stem which can reach 1m in height. The pale pink flowers are spread along the stem mainly on the upper...
£2.49
Angelica
ORIGIN: Angelica is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. The fluted stems are composed of jagged leaves made up of numerous small leaflets on short stems, each group forming a ball. The subsequent...
£2.49
Anice
Annual plant easy to grow that required a sunny position. At the start of august, when the plant is flowering, remove the flowers which are drying out to facilitate later harvest of the fruits which are...
£2.35
Basil ‘Classico Tigullio’ - Ocimum basilicum Also Ideal for Indoor Gardening S..
This is true Ligurian basil from near Portofino, Italy. It is highly perfumed, and traditionally used to make pesto Genovese which is served with trofie pasta, or eaten simply on warm, artisan bread. All...
£2.29
Basil bolloso napoletano
Featured on BBC GQT 2/3/12. Large basil with blistered leaves. This variety is only found in Naples and is highly prized for it's flavour. We keep the buffalo in this region and so traditionally it is...
£2.35
Basil classico Bulk 50g pack
Classic Italian Basil from our award winning range in a 50g pack for restaurant growers........and people who grow larger quantities. Sow all year protected or outside when warm. 9.99
£9.99
Basil Classico Italiano
Basil Classico Italiano - Classic style basil which is also used for making 'pesto' but has a million other uses in the kitchen. The ideal windowsill herb too. Approximate seeds quantity:@4000 Sow: from...
£2.35
Basil Edible Flowers For The Kitchen Ideal for Indoor Gardening
Milder than the leaf. Great with mozzarella or in Pasta. Sow in the spring and Summer or all year in an indoor growing system.
£2.79
Basil foglia di lattuga
Wonderful Southern Italian Lettuce leaf basil 'Foglia di Lattuga' with leaves bigger than your hand. In southern Italy (where it is currently snowing heavily from Sicily to Calabria to Sardinia) that is...
£2.35
Basil greek a palla
This is a bush variety with smallish leaves and quite a strong flavour. Super for making good basilly sauces and with Red Pear Franchi tomatoes . Approximate seeds quantity:@ 4000. Sow: from February -...
£2.35
Basil piccole foglie
Small leafed basil which has an intense flavour. Basil can be grown all year protected if cold and outside if warm. The Romans never ate basil - they thought it would make you go mad!! But we love it !!...
£1.00
Basil violetto aromatico
Red Basil. Sweeter tasting than regular basil with a slight clove undertone. Approximate seeds quantity:@3200 Sow: from March - mid July
£2.35
Borrage
Borrage is an Annual plant with fast growing leaves which are to be used fresh. You can start to use the leaves about two months after the sowing. The leaves have a taste similar to the cucumber and they...
£2.35
Borrage Edible Flowers For The Kitchen
Use especially in a Pimms, port or fruit salad. Beautiful blue flowers. Sow in Spring and summer. Borago officinalis
£2.79
CALAMINTHA NEPETA or Roman "Mentuccia" - available from Feb2018
This is a perennial plant, rustic and easy to grow. Also known as Mentuccia. Can grow to around 50cm in height and it has characteristic oval leaves and an aroma similar to mint. It is used to flavour...
£2.49
Capers
Indoor only. This perennial plant is ideal for pickling in vinegar for later use on pizza and in antipasti. Must be grown in a hot climate, or in a greenhouse/conservatory. Sow from Mar-Jun and add sand...
£2.35
Cat grass
'Cat Grass' (not Catnip Nepita Cataria which we also sell) is an annual variety which is easy to cultivate. The plant grow in about 20 days. Cats eat the leaves to aid digestion. Contains Lolium and Hordeum...
£2.35
Cat grass Windowsill Garden with BioChar
These jars are ready to go just add water and place your Windowsill garden.... on the windowsill (or office desk!). Windowsill Garden is natural, clean to use, easy to grow and can be harvested for months....
£5.99
Chamomile
This Annual plant can be sow from March to June and the flower can be harvest about two months after the sowing. Dried Chamomile flowers are used to make tea. Dry the plant upside down however. Chamomile...
£2.35
Chamomile Gold Medicinal pack
ORIGIN: Chamomile is an annual plant, its branched stem is upright and smooth with long, fine leaves. The plant produces numerous flowers which are yellow with white petals. Chamomile prefers half shade...
£2.49
Chervil
Chervil is an Annual plant. The leaves can be harvest about 20/30 days after the sowing, and fresh can be used like the parsley to add an excellent flavour to salads, soups and omelettes. The minced leaves...
£2.35
Chilli Etna Windowsill Garden with BioChar
These jars are ready to go just add water and place your Windowsill garden.... on the windowsill (or office desk!). Windowsill Garden is natural, clean to use, easy to grow and can be harvested for months....
£5.99
Chives
This annual plant can be sow from February to June and it is ready to be harvest when it is about 20/25cm tall. The fresh leaves can be used in salad, soups or with meat and fish. Ideal for chopping and...
£2.35
Coriander Also ideal for growing indoors
Annual plant easy to grow. This popular plant has many culinary uses. Use the seeds in curries and soups or the leaf which has a strong flavour as a seasoning for meat and salad. A superb variety for growing...
£2.35
Cress
Cress is an annual plant that can be grown the whole year and is ready a month after sowing. It has a strong flavour perfect in salad and it compliments eggs exceptionally well. The leaves can be used...
£2.35
Cumin
ORIGIN - Cumin is an annual herb from the Apiaceae family It grows to about 30cm tall in sunny positions and has thin branches of fine leaves. The small white or pink flowers umbrella out and the seeds...
£2.49
Dandelion - Tarassaco Save 56p
L45 Dandelion - Perennial plant to be sow from March to June and ready to be harvest about two months after the sowing. The leaves should be tied up to blanch them and should be eaten before it flowers...
£1.79
Dill
Dill is an annual herb, easy to grow. It was so important in Roman times, it was issued as standard to every garrison. The taste is strong and similar to the fennel. The dried seeds are used as seasoning...
£2.35
Edible Sage Flowers For The Kitchen
Milder than the leaf. Ideal in mushroom dishes, with beans but overall with pork and in risotto. Sow Spring and summer. Horticultural name: Salvia Officinalis.
£2.79
Erba stella - Buckshorn
Called Bucks Horn in English, this annual plant is easy to grow especially in a pot. This small plant with rosette of slender green leaves is extremely cold hardy. Crunchy texture The fresh leaves add...
£2.35
Fieno Greco - Fenugreek
ORIGIN: Fenugreek is and annual herb from the fabaceae family. Each leaf is made up of a cluster of 3 grooved leaves on an upright stem and the white/lemon coloured flowers grow at the base of the leaf...
£2.49
Franchi Windowsill Garden with BioChar *UK Only* Coriander/Cilantro
These jars are ready to go just add water and place your Windowsill garden.... on the windowsill (or office desk!). W indowsill Garden is natural, clean to use, easy to grow and can be harvested for months....
£5.99
Franchi Windowsill Garden with BioChar Parsley. *UK Only*
These jars are ready to go just add water and place your Windowsill garden.... on the windowsill (or office desk!). Windowsill Garden is natural, clean to use, easy to grow and can be harvested for months....
£5.99
Franchi Windowsill Garden with Organic British Biochar & Italian Basil. *UK On..
These jars are ready to go just add water and place your Windowsill garden.... on the windowsill (or office desk!). Windowsill Garden is natural, clean to use, easy to grow and can be harvested for months....
£5.99
Garden Burnett
Garden Burnett is an annual plant that can be sown from March to June and can be harvest about three months after the sowing. This plant has cucumber tasting leaves that can be used in salad. Approximate...
£1.79
GL Dente di leone - Dandelion medicinal range
ORIGIN: Taraxacum officinale, commonly called Dandelion, is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows from long, thick taproots. The intense green leaves are serrated and the plant produces yellow flowers...
£2.49
Isoppo - Hyssop
ORIGIN: Herb Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family.Hyssop is a brightly colored shrub or subshrub. Its stem is woody at the base, from which grow...
£2.49
Lavender spiga vera
Perennial plant to be sown from March to September. Use the dried flowers to flavour homemade biscuits, with pork and for perfume pouches. Lavender oil can relieve headaches. As a flower is perfect for...
£2.35
Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is a perennial plant and it has a wonderful lemon fragrance. it can be sow form March to July and it is ready to be harvest about three months after the sowing. The leaves can be used as a garnish...
£1.79
Limoncella - Lemon balm medicinal
ORIGIN: Lemon Balm is a perennial herb belonging to the Lamiaceae family. It grows to about 80cm tall and the hairy oval leaves are highly perfumed with a scent similar to lemon. Easy to grow, it can be...
£2.49